Article by Robert Millin
Following a great week in February when we won 10 trophies as a club we decided that a celebration meal was required and last night we headed out to a restaurant in Lymm, recommended by Christine. We had a great meal with lots of laughs and just a little bit of photography talk thrown in. Not everyone was able to make it, as is always the case, but we all had such a good time that we can’t wait to go out again!!
Photograph: Ed Roper
This weekend Wigan 10 spent an evening at Amelie’s Restaurant in Coppull, celebrating the FIAP World Cup 2013.
Four of Wigan 10’s members (Christine, Joan, Kathryn and KT) visited the start of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this year and took the opportunity to see the opening of Edinburgh Photographic Society’s 151st Exhibition on the Saturday evening and to celebrate Joan’s medal-winning success. Viewing the Exhibition is a must if you are a photographer and in Edinburgh during the month of August.
Our favourite location during the Festival has to be the Royal Mile, a main street in the old part of the city that runs from Holyrood Palace up to the Castle. During Festival month it is populated, between Parliament Square and the Tron Kirk, with street artists and groups of actors from the Fringe shows, all eager to tell you about their performance and to put a leaflet in your hands. If you don’t want to carry the leaflet round, why not just photograph it?
Photographing the performers can be tricky as they are surrounded by crowds of onlookers and of course many other photographers. However, with some patience, candid photographs are possible and can provide some interesting and expressive shots. Some performers are very willing to pose for the camera, though the living statue type of mime artists expect to be paid for the privilege of being photographed! Make a small donation and the artist springs into action.
Also interesting to photograph are the churchyards, old alleys and courtyards and of course the horizon provided some dramatic backdrops for us to use in composite images.
Above all the Fringe provides an opportunity for photographers to meet up with other photographers from around the country, soak in the atmosphere and sample Edinburgh’s many restaurants and cafes. Most memorable, perhaps, was the delicious afternoon tea that we shared with two photographers from Glasgow and which was so plentiful that we couldn’t finish it. We had a great time!
Out of the 15 members of Wigan 10, 14 of us are in the photo – Marco is working in Italy at the moment so could not be present. It was a night for celebration after bringing home the PAGB Inter-Club PDI Championship cup and going to our favorite restaurant ‘Amelie’s in Coppull’. So, here is the extended family of Wigan 10, with some of the spouses also present…it’s a lovely social group…and whilst the club has earned a reputation for competitiveness, the present group are putting just as much emphasis on enjoying ourselves as a group and doing things together.
Kitty & Geoff along with Joanie B enjoyed a couple of days on Bempton Cliffs photographing the seabirds and tree sparrows. Although the conditions were not best for photographing white birds but the lovely sunny weather was more than welcome.
It was a great honour to be invited to the South Liverpool Photographic Society Annual Photographic Exhibition, which was opened this year by Ken Dodd, OBE.
The images on display are a fantastic standard and can be seen at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral (Sat Nav – L1 7AZ ) until the 15th of June. Also on display are a panel of images from Adrian Lines MPAGB, and Tremaine Cornish, PPSA.EFIAP.
Please see South Liverpool PS website for more details. http://slps.co.uk
Wigan 10 met for dinner over the weekend for a celebration meal to celebrate the recent success (it is a good excuse for a lovely meal out at our favorite restaurant too).